If You Could Just Have One

Well that was a super little video. Bloke in the hat seems to know what he’s doing. :rofl:

So I sit here surrounded by 8 electrics and 2 acoustics. About to practice two acoustic based songs for the OM on my Roadhouse Strat and my missus wants to but me a
Takamine GD30CE

because due to her health she’s barely been out the house for 2 years and knows I lust over a gloss black acoustic and should have got the Yam FGX800 not the T-Bucket !!

Dilemma or what ? Well last night I was trawling through some acoustic blues lessons and if I really really really only could have one, it might just be an acoustic. Guess flexibility and portability would sway it, I think. I’m not sure. Mmmm late night high vol headphone sessions would be out of the question. Oh dear may need another beer for cogitation !

Might have to be the HB30 and old Marshal amp after all.


If she gets the Takamine, I’ll come back and report !



Hi @Flying_V guitars come in all shapes and sizes. If the acoustic just isn’t comfortable for you, then stick with learning on your son’s electric until you get a new guitar. I wouldn’t rule out an acoustic as you may find one that’s comfortable to you. I’d recommend that you go to your nearest guitar store and try out a bunch of acoustic and electric guitars.

I think you’re looking at it the wrong way… most people will want an acoustic and an electric. The acoustic is just quick to pick up and play, great for ideas or playing songs in a small setting. It’s great as a solo instrument, for small groups or even as part of a band. An electric IS more suited to performance and has all the bells and whistles to go with it, requires more investment, more understanding of setup (amps, pedals etc).

From your beginner perspective it will be difficult to know which way you’ll go . Electric IS easier to learn on to start with but it can then be more difficult to transition to an acoustic. You need to think about what songs/style you might want to focus on NOW and then go for that guitar… that choice will only be for now though and if you stick with it I’ll be highly surprised if you don’t dabble with the other latter on as you want to try other styles…most seem to.

If I could have only one it would be an electro acoustic as that’ll cover most things but that’s not what you’re asking.

Because of the type of music you listed, which is similar to mine, I would say acoustic. In addition, I take my acoustic guitar with me everywhere (on airplanes overseas even), with an electric you’d have to take an amp. :wink:

Hey flying V… I am straight away wondering if the answer is in your user name? That being said, for me it would always be an acoustic if I had to choose. If you do not want to make a beeline for a band, I find the acoustic is a more sociable instrument: not too loud to practice with, portable, not overbearing at parties :laughing: (can you imagine lugging an amp and jacking in at a party uninvited?). No microphone needed. You can also get one with an amplifier on-board (or fit one), so it is still possible to get techie with it if you want to. Whatever you do, enjoy :purple_heart:

I love this, haven’t seen it for ages, thanks!

I chose my username to be a bit more inclusive of my hobbies - I play disc golf (flying discs). I hack away at the guitar. And I am a licensed drone operator. So, Flying_V seemed appropriate and it was available :grin:

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I find acoustic to be more enjoyable for just playing by yourself. Also nothing beats the smell!


For me it is acoustic. I have an acoustic dreadnaught, an acoustic “grand concert” size, a nylon string acoustic, and an electric strat style. Now I can’t play any of them worth a darn yet, but the one that I find most difficult to play is actually the electric.

The acoustics each have very different feel. I started with the dreadnaught, and it was initially quite difficult, but was much more playable after I got a good setup.

The grand concert is a Taylor Academy 12e, which is designed to be very beginner friendly. It is 7/8 the size of the dreadnaught, and the body is not as deep. It has an “armrest” that supposedly makes it even more comfortable for your strumming arm. I don’t know if the armrest makes as much difference as the shallower body, but this guitar really feels nice, plays easily, and sounds good. If I have one knock, it is that it is a very plain looker. At some point I’ll have to do something to it to give it some personality.

The nylon string obviously has an entirely different feel and sound. Going from the Academy with a slightly smaller nut width to the folk guitar with a wide nut takes a bit of time to adjust to. It is also a much lighter instrument. If I had to pick one, this would not be the one, and I doubt if it would be a good choice for you.

For me it would be the Academy for the short and intermediate timeframe. In more general terms it would be acoustic for sure. There are so many different sizes and shapes of acoustic that you would definitely be able to find one that feels great if you decided to go that way. Actually electro-acoustic so that if I ever find myself wanting to do some busking or gigging in a dive bar I can plug in to get that volume I’ll be needing. :sunglasses:

Ah, that makes sense. :smiley: I’ve always wanted to play disc golf! Sadly our nearest one for miles is very poorly looked after.

If I had to pick one I’d choose an acoustic. I like the simplicity of it and love the sound of a quality acoustic. You just pick it up and play it, and with just you and the acoustic you can make a song that sounds “complete.” And you can do it pretty much anywhere.

Which acoustic is another question. I’d probably pick an OM size. Pretty much what my main acoustic is right now (I have a Martin OM-35E). But I also like my Alvarez-Yairi dreadnought; it was built in 1990 and has aged beautifully, sounding better and better over the years. And I like a good classical guitar. I have a Cordoba C9 Parlor that sounds great and has amazing projection, especially given the size of the instrument.

I would strongly suggest an acoustic guitar.

I think there is much to be said for learning on both. You can put in more practice hours on the electric, but can benefit from the acoustic experience. Some things, like F barre, are easier on electric so good to start on the electric but will benefit from developing the technique to play it on a well setup acoustic.

It may well be too big. If possible got to a local store and try some smaller body acoustics. Risky I know, you might fall in love and come home with a new acoustic. If you did confirm your suspicion about body size perhaps you can sell the guitar in hand to fund a more suitable acoustic

And now allow me to paraphrase Keith Richards, who said in a conversation I watched that everybody should learn on an acoustic first.

Any chance of a YouTube link to that, David?

Mari, I think it was in Part 1 of this interview. But Part 1 seems to be no longer available. Part 2 is still interesting Guitar Moves with Keith Richards (Part 2)

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Thanks @DavidP Part 2 was very interesting. I like his emphasis on space, I’m still working on that lesson!

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When I started out, I really bonded with my Yamaha C40 classical nylon-string. So much so, that I knew I would keep it, even if I moved on to something else, so I ‘personalised’ it.
I decided to get anyone who crossed my guitar journey path to sign it.
It’s quite a liberating feeling, knowing you not worrying about ‘the aesthetics’ anymore, as in scratches, dings etc. I call it authentic relicing. (Of course, I have a bit of catching up to do on Willie & Trigger)
Here’s an old photo I found (It’s a bit fuller now), with the great and the good down to my niece in Dublin.
Some notables include:
Tommy Emmanuel
J.D. Simo
Johnny Dowd
Henry Priestman (the Christians)
The Burning Hell
(reminds me, I haven’t played it in a good while now- must take it out and give it another spin)


That’s definitely a great way to personalize your guitar and imbue it with personality. Perhaps it will soak up some of the essence of those who sign it!

My nylon string is the same model, Yamaha C40. Popular guitar for good reasons.

For me it is acoustic all the way. They just sound better and you can go busking without having to take an amp.

My choice would be acoustic. All you need is the guitar, a strap and a pick (and the strap and pick are optional!) I love the sound and I’m always blown away listening to a great acoustic player.
Since you’ve list country as one of your interests. A few years back Garth Brooks did a residency at the Wynn in Las Vegas, when he walked out on stage, he had a line that was something to the that he’d like to introduce the band - it was just him and his acoustic guitar.


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